Wednesday, 6 December 2017
Three Jewish Characters
Many characters in modern fiction are non-religious. For example, on this blog, we refer to:
Poul Anderson's Manse Everard, David Falkayn and Dominic Flandry;
Ian Fleming's James Bond;
Stieg Larsson's Mikael Blomkvist.
However, Anderson also gives us:
the Catholic Nicholas van Rijn and Fr Axor;
the Buddhist Trygve Yamamura and Adzel.
After SM Stirling's Change, many religious traditions flourish and the merchant, Moishe Feldman, is Jewish.
Non-religious central characters often interact with religious believers, e.g.:
Falkayn with van Rijn and Adzel;
Flandry with the Jewish Max Abrams, the Orthochristian Kossara Vymezal and Axor;
Blomkvist with the Jewish Jan Bublanski.
Thus, three wise men. (They are.)
Bublanski attends synagogue for fellowship and congregational worship but sits quietly in the back of a Catholic church - where he knows that he will not be disturbed - when he needs to think/talk to God about his job or his life. Thus, this Swedish Police Inspector is wise enough to enter two places of worship for different reasons. While thinking/talking to God, he might see me meditating.